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  • Anzacs remembered at GMCT (Vic)

    Anzac Day atGreater Metroplolitan Cemeteries Trust (Victoria) cemeteries and memorial parks was a chance to honour the thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who served and died during World War I, and all others past and present who have served their country.

    An initiative of Friends of Williamstown Cemetery saw flags placed at hundreds of graves of local service men and women.

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  • AWU strike action at GMCT (VIC) called off.

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    Staff at Werribee Cemetery have cancelled planned strike action for this Friday,

    The protected strike action, which would have seen about 90 grave diggers and other staff from cemeteries run by the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (GMCT) walk off the job tomorrow, was cancelled today after cemetery management and the Australian Workers Union came to an in principle agreement on EBA negotiations.

  • Cemetery design for the future

    GMCT landscape architect Hamish Coates is drawing on his passion for art and sustainability as he designs memorial parks for Melbourne’s fast-growing urban sprawl, including GMCT’s future 130-hectare cemetery at Harkness in the city’s west – set to be Victoria’s biggest new cemetery in more than 100 years.

  • Changing attitudes to death can mean a new role for cemeteries in modern life

    The ABC's AM program asks "Would you have coffee in a cemetery or take your kids to play near a family member's final resting place?" After all, it was a popular pursuit during the Victorian era and some people are trying to revive the practice.

  • Finding your ancestors in GMCT cemeteries

    The GMCT deceased search and GIS mapping system includes interment and cremation records for all Greater Metroplolitan Cemeteries Trust (Victoria) cemeteries and memorial parks, with the exception of Northcote Cemetery. Searches can be conducted using a combination of first name, surname and cemetery.

  • General Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (Vic) Appoints New CEO

    Deb Ganderton has been named the new CEO of The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust. Her appointment was announced today by the Chair of GMCT, Geoff Mabbett.

  • GMCT (Vic) announce online community voice panel

    The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust in Melbourne, Victoria, is looking for people to participate in an online Community Voice Panel.

  • GMCT (Vic) March 2017 Newsletter

    gmct logoThe March 2017 newsletter from the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (Victoria) can be read online here.  The GMCT (Vic) news & events website is here.

  • GMCT (VIC) News Updates

    Here's a few highlights from Melbourne's Greater Metroplolitan Cemeteries Trust news site:

  • GMCT | New Harkness Memorial Site enters next stage

    The development of a master plan for a new cemetery and parklands in western Melbourne will move ahead with a consortium of expert designers and architects.

    The Chair of the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, Michael Doery said: ‘I am pleased to announce that the team of Aurecon, Architectus, McGregor Coxall and Greenshoot has been chosen as the successful consortium to work with us to develop a master plan for the greenfield site at Harkness’.

  • GMCT Connections - June 2017

    gmct logoThe Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust June 2017 newsletter "Connections" can be viewed online here. or visit their website.

     

  • GMCT Connections: Annual General Meeting Highlights

    Watch the highlights of GMCT’s recent annual meeting, which included a guest presentation from ‘deathwalker’ and celebrant Zenith Virago.

  • GMCT Connections: Celebrating life through art

    An art deco mural by acclaimed twentieth century artist Christian Waller has been loaned by GMCT for inclusion in a new exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery.

  • GMCT Connections: Summer at our cemeteries

    GMCT’s cemeteries and memorial parks are special places that can be embraced as part of everyday life. Our staff have recommended some of their favourite locations at our parks to visit during the summer months - whether for leisure, remembrance or reflection:

  • GMCT hosts international guests

    The General Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust recently hosted 50 international visitors this month as part of the Asia Cemetery Funeral Expo and Conference tour.

  • GMCT in the media: “Melbourne’s forgotten parks” – cemeteries

    To celebrate Parks Week 2019, General Metropolitant Cemeteries Trust CEO Jacqui Weatherill is encouraging Melbournians to visit “Melbourne’s forgotten parks” – cemeteries.

  • GMCT invites community advisory committee member applications

    Each year Melbourne's (VIC) Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (GMCT) helps more than 12,500 families – of all cultures and faiths – plan and prepare for funeral, cremation, interment and memorial services. Its community advisory committee is currently looking for new volunteers from a range of religious, cultural and social backgrounds.

  • GMCT Issues Coronavirus Statement

    Melbourne's Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust has issued a statement relating to the Coronavirus pandemic:


    With the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia slowly increasing, the wellbeing of our staff, customers, business partners and communities is our top priority.

    By close of business Friday 13 March 2020 we have not been made aware of any cases of the virus among our staff, or visitors to functions or events at any of our sites. There is no impact to funeral services at this stage.

    In close consultation with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), GMCT is reviewing our systems and processes to adapt to any scenario that may arise in the future. The Executive Team has met frequently over the last two weeks to determine how we will respond to COVID-19.

    Remote service delivery

    We are currently equipping a number of GMCT staff to access remote working arrangements so they can continue to serve our families, communities and business partners.

    We will be prepared to facilitate meetings with our clients and business partners utilising digital platforms should that action be required.

    If you have an upcoming appointment with GMCT that you feel uncomfortable attending in person, we are more than happy to facilitate these meetings online or by phone. Please contact us to discuss how we can best work with you.

     

    Looking after our staff

    We have provided staff with the necessary hygiene equipment to ensure we are doing our best to safeguard against the rapid spread of COVID-19.

    We have asked staff members showing signs or symptoms of illness to remain at home and seek medical advice, and to only return to work once cleared of any significant illness.

     Community events deferred

    In line with Australian government advice to minimise social gatherings, we will be cancelling or deferring all planned community events until further notice. Please keep an eye on our website for updates.

     What won’t change

    There is no impact to funeral services. We will still conduct burials, cremations and other interments, and will continue to maintain safe and accessible cemetery grounds.

    Our chapels and function rooms are still available for bookings, and we have asked our cleaners to ramp up their cleaning schedule in line with best practice to keep our families and business partners safe.

    Our phone and online channels will remain fully operational, however as we may be operating with a reduced workforce, please be patient if wait times are higher than usual.

     Our commitment to you

    GMCT will continue to closely monitor the information being released from the World Health Organisation, Australia's Chief Medical Officer and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services for any updates.

    We will continue to work with peak bodies and industry groups to ensure we are aligned and able to deliver our essential services to the families and communities we all serve. If you have any questions or concerns through this period please do not hesitate to contact us.

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  • GMCT: Planting trees for a resilient city

    Victoria's Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust was recently announced as an implementation partner for the ambitious Living Melbourne strategy developed with Resilient Melbourne and the Nature Conservancy for a greener, more liveable Melbourne.

  • GMCT’s CEO takes up new position at City of Stonnington

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    Jacqui Weatherill has resigned as CEO of The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust effective from 28 June to take up the CEO role at Stonnington City Council in Melbourne’s inner south east. 

 
 
 

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